José A. Ortiz, M.A., CCC-SLP

José A. Ortiz is a speech-language pathologist and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. He currently services as the director of the LEAP preschool in the department of Hearing & Speech Sciences. José received his B.A. in Linguistics & Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 2004, and his M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2007. As a clinician and clinical supervisor, he has devoted the majority of his practice to working with bilingual Spanish-English pediatric clients. He has previously served as a faculty member in the department of Communicative Sciences & Disorders at  New York University, and as an adjunct faculty member at Hunter College of the City University of New York. He continues to be active in the local community, helping to facilitate educational workshops for caregivers of individuals with communication disorders and serving as an advocate for bilingual education.

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Claudette Bañares

Claudette Bañares, MS, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist in Los Angeles, California. She currently works with children in an outpatient hospital setting. She specializes in early intervention, language development, and assessment/treatment of multilingual children with communication delays and disorders.

Tiffany Chen

Tiffany Chen, M.S., CCC-SLP is a graduate of the New York University Communicative Sciences and Disorders Masters Program. She received her bilingual extension certificate at Columbia University. She is currently working as a bilingual (Mandarin/English) speech-language pathologist in a private preschool in Brooklyn, New York. Tiffany is passionate in learning about bilingualism, Autism, and working with pediatrics. She is also the owner of the website:, dedicated to providing Mandarin and English speech-language resources for parents, educators, and clinicians.

Romie Garcia Galliani

Romie Garcia was born in Venezuela, and grew up in South Florida, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in ESE Education from Florida International University. She later obtained a Master’s of Science Degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from New York University. Romie is passionate about advocating for culturally appropriate speech and language services for multicultural students.

Karen Miranda

Karen Miranda, M.S., CCC-SLP is a Spanish-Bilingual SLP who is currently a diagnostician on the Bilingual Assessment Team with Prince George’s County Public Schools. In her position, she has the opportunity to assist school teams and other SLPs in understand the second language acquisition process and whether students’ communication difficulties are due to a language difference or a true disorder. Her passion for working with the culturally and linguistically diverse population led Karen to create and facilitate the Bilingual Assessments Community of Practice, where she shares her knowledge with other professionals. Karen is also an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, where she gets to impart her passion with up and coming clinicians.